Colosseum Underground and Roman Forum Guided Tour

Roma, Italy
The Official VIP Colosseum Underground and Roman Forum Tour
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-You will not receive a refund if you cancel.

  • 3 hours 10 minutes (approx.)
  • Offered in: English


Breeze past notoriously long Colosseum entrance queues with a skip-the-line admission ticket that includes VIP access to the underground level and arena. In addition to explaining the meaning of the often unmarked ruins, your guide provides facts, anecdotes, and background often unheard by visitors about the arena’s gory history. Then continue for a tour of the Roman Forum and Palatine Hill.
  • Take a guided tour of the Colosseum, Roman Forum, and Palatine Hill
  • Enjoy access to restricted areas as well as the first and second tiers
  • Personal headsets ensure you hear every word of the tour
  • Avoid wasting time in long lines with priority admission

What's Included

  • Professional guide
  • Exclusive access to the Colosseum Underground
  • Colosseum, Roman Forum, Palatine Hill - Entry Tickets
  • Headsets to hear your guide clearly
  • All taxes, fees and handling charges
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Food and drinks

Meeting And Pickup

Meeting point

  • Via del Colosseo, 31
    Via del Colosseo, 31, 00184 Roma RM, Italy

    Meet your guide in Via del Colosseo nr 31, in front of Caffe Roma, above the second floor of the Colosseum metro stop(blue line).

End point

  • Roman Forum
    Via della Salara Vecchia, 5/6, 00186 Roma RM, Italy

    The tour will finish inside of the Roman Forum.

What To Expect

Via del Colosseo, 31

10 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Roman Forum

1 hour 30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • Meet your guide in Via del Colosseo nr 31, in front of Caffe Roma, above the second floor of the Colosseum metro stop(blue line).
  • Please provide the full names of all travelers when booking. Failure to present a voucher with all travelers' full names at the ticket office prior to entry may result in denied entry to the Colosseum and Roman Forum.
  • If you arrive late for the meeting time, it will not be possible to join the group or reschedule, unless you pay for the activity again. As per "No Show" rules you will not be entitled to a refund.
  • Please be advised capacity regulations and security may delay the tour departure. This could also influence the smooth running of the tour especially on national holidays and events.
  • All visitors must pass through the monument/attraction security check please allow at least 20 minutes to clear security
  • The exact timings and reservations can vary, dependant on the monument/attractions administration offices availabilities and decisions on the booking day and can be subject to last minute changes. Departure time can differ up to 20 minutes from your selected time.
  • Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair.
  • Please be aware that large bags/backpacks/suitcases are not permitted in the monument/ attraction. Only very small bags are allowed. Please do not bring these items with you on the day of your tour as there are no cloakrooms at the monument.
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Dress code is comfortable clothing
  • The Colosseum portion of the tour will last approximately 1.5 hours.
  • The Roman Forum & Palatine Hill part of the tour will last approximately 1.5 hours.
  • These tours are separated by a break to allow time for pictures or to spend more time in the monument or attraction
  • Please let us know if possible your Hotel name in Rome.
  • Please provide an active phone number during the booking process in order to be contacted about last minute changing.
  • Pets are not allowed inside the venue
  • Please note that from August 6th, 2021, all public museums in Italy will require all visitors above the age of 12 years old to show a valid ID and certification proving that you have either: Been vaccinated with an approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNtech, Astrazeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna) Been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs; Recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than six months old;
  • Please note that from August 6th, 2021, all public museums in Italy will require all visitors above the age of 12 years old to show a valid ID and certification proving that you have either: Been vaccinated with an approved vaccine (Pfizer-BioNtech, Astrazeneca, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna) Been tested (PCR or antigen) with a negative result within the last 48hrs; Recovered from COVID-19, attested by a PCR or antigen test result, at least 15 days and no more than six months old;
  • The tour reservations have strict timing. To join the tour you are required to be at the meeting point for check-in at least 30 minutes prior to your tour departure time.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 24 travelers

Cancellation Policy

This experience is non-refundable and cannot be changed for any reason. If you cancel or ask for an amendment, the amount you paid will not be refunded.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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    Traveler Tips

    Having the radio to hear the guides was appreciated since it allowed the opportunity to look around a bit and still hear the guides.


    226 reviews
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    Zero Customer Service
    Heidi_R, Nov 2023
    Strict and unaccommodating; zero customer service. Followed meeting time on voucher but was reminded that I had received a text weeks prior stating I needed to be there 30 min earlier. By then I had forgotten this. My fault. New city, first time in Europe traveling alone; it was overwhelming and meeting point was not straightforward. In a nutshell, a lot of other tours will adjust, put you with another group, provide partial refund, or reschedule. They just said no and sent me on my way. At least I got the ticket and experienced the Colosseum myself.
    Skip line underground tour
    Kyle_D, Nov 2023
    We got right in. No line. Very informative guides. This tour gets hour access to see the underground only few people see.
    Gerrit_O, Nov 2023
    Very fun and informative tour. Very much recommended to do, compared to going without a tour guide. Loved it!
    Palatine Hill + Colosseum Underground!
    Sueann_L, Nov 2023
    What a great day! We felt like we got to see many of the sights of Palatine Hill on our tour and then zoomed into the Colosseum underground area with minimal waiting. Because the Colosseum was our second stop, we got to stay as long as we wanted inside and did not feel rushed to move on to the next place afterward. Loved our knowledgable guide! Highly recommend for your first visit to Rome.
    Good guide, very...
    Rod_M, Nov 2023
    Good guide, very knowledgeable. There was some difficulty identifying starting location for the tour
    Worth going
    ronjerrylj, Nov 2023
    Wonderful tour... Claudia was a great guide. Loved the underground tour but the Roman Forum palace being open was a great surprise. Overall, excellent experience
    Detailed explanation of...
    Brian_Q, Nov 2023
    Detailed explanation of the origins, the middle ages and right up to the present day excavations. Tour guide Simona was very informative
    Great information tour
    Lore_K, Nov 2023
    This was a very interesting tour leaned a lot about the history of the Roman people. The only reason is 4 stars was because the tour company was very unorganized really seems to be the norm in Italy
    Too quick too crowded…
    spiritcookie, Nov 2023
    The crowds were so bad (NOT the fault of the tour guide, of course!) that we couldn’t always take the time to stop for pictures. Sometimes tough to keep up with the guide as we pushed through crowds of people. The earplugs were very large and we had to hold them up to our ears as they wouldn’t stay in. The guide was wonderful, however, a very thick accent prevented us from understanding everything. NOTHING was the fault of the guide, as she did try to make the time enjoyable and educational.
    Wonderful Tour Guide and Tour
    James_N, Nov 2023
    Our guide Daniella made this one of our best tours. She was so passionate and happy to be sharing all of her knowledge and information with us. It was contagious happy feeling. I can not say enough good things about her info and delight in sharing. Totally worth the cost.
    Excellent tour guide. ...
    Carlino, Nov 2023
    Excellent tour guide. Very informative and took the time to endure all participants in her group were accounted for and able to manage thru the crowds. Recommended for all.
    Colosseum tour
    Andrew_P, Oct 2023
    Great tour with a very knowledgeable and entertaining guide Gigi. Vert fascinating learning all the aspects of the colosseum.
    Underground is Fascinating
    Juliet_C, Oct 2023
    Tour guide was knowledgeable and helpful. It was great seeing the "underground" area and hearing the story.
    Excellent, informative and entertaining tour with plenty of walking but no queuing.
    Colin_T, Oct 2023
    This tour was interesting, illuminating and entertaining. Our guide was superb and kept our group entertained and informed. There were about 12 people on most of the tour (but see later). This was our first visit to the Colosseum and the level of information was perfect to let us know about its long history. There were no queues or delays in entering the Colosseum; our guide made the entry straightforward and easy. The Colosseum was busy, but at no point did we feel overwhelmed by the number of people. When it came to the underground tour, we joined another group which meant that there were too many people to really see what the Colosseum-provided guide was talking about. It was a shame they would not let the tour-provided guide accompany us, because I am sure she would have been more entertaining and informative. This is the only downside of the tour and the only reason I haven't given it five stars. After the underground tour was finished, we met up with the original guide who once again provided entertaining explanations of the Colosseum. We were taken to the Roman Forum and once again there was no queuing. We were given an interesting overview of the Forum and suggestions of buildings and places to view. We were then left to explore on our own for the rest of the day. I saw some reviews that said it was hard to find the starting location, but there is a little shop where you check in and it was on the street level. We didn't have any trouble finding it. Make sure you get there early to ensure there is enough time to check in and for the tour to start on time. There is a lot of walking and quite a few steep steps. There are lifts in places so make sure to use them when the guide offers. Overall this was an excellent tour with a great guide. If the Colosseum would allow the same guide to take us in the underground areas, it would be a perfect tour.
    Dean_P, Oct 2023
    Perfect tour, easy to find to collect tickets, tour guide was excellent very good at English very informative, would use again perfect
    Fantastic underground and Forum tour!
    Tina_S, Oct 2023
    GREAT tour guide. Very knowledable, friendly. Answered questions and made for a very interesting tour! The Underground tour is a must to anyone visiting the Colosseum!
    Our Favorite tour we have ever done
    Madison_R, Oct 2023
    This experience is a MUST. We did this on a 12 day cruise on one of our two days in Rome before going elsewhere and it was hands down the highlight of our trip. Our guide Gigi really made this tour as special as it was with his storytelling and his clearly evident passion about the history of the Colosseum. I wish we could have had Gigi be our tour guide for everything we saw on our whole trip. The underground was so much cooler than we were even expecting and this tour gets you down below when most people visiting on any given day will no get to have that same experience. We absolutely loved it.
    No waiting, excellent guide, small group
    Geraldine_R, Oct 2023
    Underground tour of the colosseum….. small group…. Our guide answered questions, was very knowledgeable and courteous.
    Great locations but disappointing tour
    Allan_O, Oct 2023
    While the tour covered the highlights, the guide rushed as though. The guide was late in arriving and as a result we had no time to really take pictures. We were rushed thought and constantly told to keep walking. As we had a timed entrance to the underground part of the Colosseum his late arrival made the experience less than expected. Considering the cost, the eight of us were disappointed.
    History comes alive
    Janice_B, Oct 2023
    Excellent guide, wonderful access to underground. Great relief from sun. Forum part of the tour also quite interesting. Taxi very hard to get in Rome, so start early.

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